The Second Edition of “Pete Duel: A Biography” was published April 29, 2015 by McFarland & Co. Inc. It includes new interviews, chapters and photographs. I am now taking orders for autographed copies of my book. Price is $39.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling within the USA. Just leave a message and I’ll get back to you or you can contact me through my Facebook page: Paul Green: Author & Artist.
August 26th, 2014
Television writer/producer David Misch and authors Paul Green and Mary Ann Anderson will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio. Click on the Listen Live button atKSAV.org or hear us on the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil.
Our first hour will remember the life and legacy of Robin Williams, the Academy Award-winning actor who originally became a star as a result of ABC television series Mork & Mindy. Our guests will include television writer/producer David Misch (Police Squad!, Late Night with David Letterman, Duckman, Saturday Night Live,Funny: The Book). David began his career in television as a story editor on Mork & Mindy.
Paul Green will join us in our second hour for a look back at the life and career of Jeffrey Hunter, the actor best known for his starring roles as Martin Pawley in The Searchers, Christopher Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek, and Jesus Christ in Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings. Hunter’s sudden death in May 1969 was a shock to everyone who knew him and left many wondering what direction his life and career would have gone, had he lived. Some of those questions are answered in Paul’s latest book, Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances, which we’ll discuss in our second hour.
Also joining us in our second hour will be author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated). Mary also knew Jeffrey Hunter; her mother, actress Emily McLaughlin, married Hunter just three months before he died.
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“Paul’s latest book, Roy Huggins: Creator of Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive and…, is an intimate portrait of the Emmy Award-winning writer/producer that includes in-depth interviews with many members of Huggins’ personal and professional family, including actress Katherine Crawford (Roy’s daughter), film and television executive Frank Price (Roy’s colleague on The Virginian and, later, his son-in-law), actress Stepfanie Kramer (Hunter), and Roy’s longtime right-hand man at Universal Television, Jo Swerling Jr. Paul was also granted access to Roy’s personal papers and unpublished memoirs, giving the book direct insight into Huggins’ formative years and early career at RKO, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Television.
Roy Huggins: Creator of Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive and… also includes one of the last interviews given by Juanita Bartlett, the Emmy-nominated writer-producer who passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Bartlett collaborated on many occasions with both Roy Huggins and James Garner, most notably on The Rockford Files. With that in mind, we will replay our August 2012 conversation with Juanita as part of our first hour.”
I’m happy to announce my Roy Huggins book was published on Friday January 24. You can order it from my publisher McFarland & Co. with immediate effect or if you want an author signed copy please contact me. Amazon and Barnes & Noble online stores also have my book in stock.
A chapter on Huggins’ involvement in the first season of The Virginian is included with comments from executive producer Frank Price and director Richard L. Bare.
Huggins’ daughter Katherine Crawford, well known to fans of The Virginian, has also contributed to my book.
My latest book will be released February 2014 by McFarland & Co. If you want to pre-order an author autographed edition please contact me.
About the book: Producer-writer Roy Huggins is best known for creating the TV series, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, Run For Your Life and The Rockford Files (with Stephen J. Cannell). This biography details his personal and professional life, aided by exclusive interviews with family, producers, actors and writers who worked with Huggins. The author was granted exclusive access to Huggins’ personal memoirs to provide an intimate, firsthand account of Huggins including his early career at Columbia, RKO, Warner Bros. and 20th Century-Fox. Huggins’ political activism at UCLA and the subsequent House Un-American Activities hearing in 1952 is covered in depth. Includes an extensive filmography and previously unpublished photographs provided by family members.
This show aired Oct. 16-22.
James Drury – The Virginian
“I really enjoyed your book. It is comprehensive and a valuable resource for anyone interested in studying The Virginian.”
Frank Price – Executive Producer
“I am very impressed with it. You did a great job of research on The Virginian and it is certainly apparent in the book. It is a work that reflects your high standards.”
Joel Rogosin – ‘The Virginian’ producer, writer & director
“I’m pleased to have added your wonderfully detailed and nostalgic book to my shelves. Congratulations on this remarkable effort! I’m having a great time leafing through it. All in all, what a treat!”
Randy Boone – Randy Benton
“In my humble opinion the book was very interesting and very well written. I was fascinated. Thank you for writing the book.”
Sara Lane – Elizabeth Grainger
“My husband is reading the book avidly and loving it. It’s a wonderful book.”
This work accounts for the entire creative history of The Virginian, including the original inspirations and the motion picture adaptations–but the primary focus is its transformation into television and the ways in which the show changed over time.
Author interviews with and contributions from James Drury, Gary Clarke, Roberta Shore, Randy Boone, Sara Lane, Tane McClure, BarBara Luna, Frank Price, Joel Rogosin, Katherine Crawford and extensive episode guide includes title, air date, guest star(s), writers, producers, director and a brief synopsis of each of The Virginian’s 249 episodes, along with detailed cast and production credits.
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5799-1
57 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
300pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2010 
Available direct from publisher McFarland Co. Inc.. Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all good online bookstores.
During my research for my latest book Jennifer Jones : The Life and Films I came across a sad connection between Jennifer Jones and Charles Bickford who was working on The Virginian at the time.
Jones viewed Bickford as a close friend having worked with him on The Song of Bernadette (1943) and Duel in the Sun (1946). When news of his death reached Jones on November 9, 1967 she took an overdose shortly afterwards and came with seconds of death on the Malibu coast overlooking Santa Monica Bay. I tell the full story in my book. Jones was still recovering in hospital from her near fatal suicide attempt when Bickford was cremated on Friday, November 10, 1967. There was no formal funeral service.
Jones also worked with another future Virginian actor on The Song of Bernadette – Lee J. Cobb.
“I enjoyed being a lone woman in the world of movie executives,” states Ida Lupino, one of the first female directors of the 1950s. Ida Lupino: Beyond The Camera, written by the late Ida Lupino with Mary Ann Anderson is based on actual conversations, recordings, letters, FBI files and notes of the star.
Lupino had not wanted to become an actress but preferred composing and writing. Lupino branched out into film directing and producing in 1949, becoming one of two women to enter the still male dominated field.
Mary Ann Anderson first met Lupino when she was a Sub-Agent for the Lund Agency. “Ida thought I was “not mean enough” to be an agent and thought of me as “more business oriented.” She hired me has her Personal Assistant and Business Manager. One year later Ida had a California court appoint me as her Conservator due to her 12 year separation from actor Howard Duff and the mishandling of her finances by her Business Manager. I worked for Ida for 12 wonderful years. To me she was the original Auntie Mame, outspoken, directed, a grand story teller and a wonderful friend.”
The four opening chapters by Mary Ann Anderson which include Anderson’s account of her first meetings with Ida Lupino in February 1983 are vivid, humorous and insightful. Lupino has hit hard times but still retains her independent spirit and quirky personality. Beginning with Chapter 5 Lupino begins her personal memoir recalling her early life in England with her father Stanley Lupino and her subsequent Hollywood career where she worked with celebrated leading men including Humphrey Bogart, Basil Rathbone, John Garfield and Steve McQueen. Her marriages to Louis Hayward, Collier Young and Howard Duff are also discussed in some detail.
While her feature films were primarily aimed at female audiences, on television Ida Lupino quickly became known for her skill at directing male dominated westerns, mysteries and detective dramas. Ida Lupino was the first woman to make a name for herself in episodic television and loving it.
“I would rather direct an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents for $1,250.00 than to star in one for $5,000.00. Directing is much easier than acting. The actor deals in false emotions, produced on cue. The director has problems but they are all normal. He doesn’t have to smile into the camera while suffering through with an early morning grouch.”
Ida Lupino guest-starred in two episodes of The Virginian – “A Distant Fury” (1:25) and “We’ve Lost A Train” (3:30) and directed “Dead-Eye Dick” (5:09). She also guest-starred in the second season Alias Smith and Jones episode “What’s In It For Mia?” (2:22). Lupino’s work on The Virginian is covered briefly with references to Dwight Whitney’s 1966 TV Guide article on the set of “Deadeye-Dick.”
Numerous scarce photographs supplement the text and help make the book entertaining reading for any Ida Lupino fan.
Details of ordering the book can be found at Ida Lupino : Beyond the Camera.
Review copyright Paul Green 2012. All rights reserved.